The Sir in question was reluctant to amend his ways even when he was confronted by a cop. He'd just ignore the request of a school worker, just as he ignored earlier requests to not come.
I guess people started to forget that Iran is the arch-nemesis of the entire free world. An article to the rescue, about how the infinitely wise and well prepared TLA saved the day by outsmarting a dumb terrorist who is hiding in the darkest corner of the most dangerous country in the world. (No, that's not Chicago, if you wonder.)
In the really real world, "refusing to admit a mistake" is not an arrestable offense. Neither is arguing with a cop.
It makes a big difference. In one case you are an honest person who violated the law by mistake. The cop will explain the law to you, and let you go. In another case you are insisting that the law does not apply to you just because, and you are arguing with a cop who knows the law better than you do. In such case the cop will conclude that you violated the law intentionally, or with wanton disregard for rights of others - and then you will get a different treatment. Why would that be unfair? It's exactly how police officers are *supposed* to operate - to protect the innocent and to stop the guilty from doing harm. In this case the responding officer did everything by the book.
What is curious to me is your low user number, indicating a join date some time in, oh, 1997 or so? How did you last this long with such a pro-authoritarian attitude?
"If you're not a liberal when you're 25, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by the time you're 35, you have no brain."
I do not automatically approve everything that the police does. Far from that. However in this case the EV owner went too far: he plugged his car into someone else's outlet, then insisted that it's his right to use the outlet, and then insisted that the cop damaged his car. If he is not one lying SOB, I don't know who would be. Conservative people value honesty and respect rights of others.
because Christianity largely believes in inherited guilt
Yes, that is yet another unreasonable burden. Nobody can be responsible for (or guilty of) something that he did not do. Anything else would be inhumane and sadistic.
no one is without sin
Which, per Jesus, means that nobody on this Earth (modulo Jesus himself, naturally) is permitted to judge others. What a bonanza for criminals! But, of course, every member of the ruling class had no issues with judging and convicting their slaves and serfs and assorted little people to harsh punishments for merely not bowing down fast enough.
The Church itself led several Crusades, created the Holy Inquisition, and spilled rivers of blood, thus judging people and dispensing the punishment. Apparently, the Pope had a special edition of the Bible where Jesus permits the Church and the aristocracy to act as judges and executioners regardless of their sins.
This may be counter to your beliefs, but:
Even if you are not Christian, seeking retribution from the law is a hollow act that does nothing to undo the damage committed by the criminal. All it does is trade a life for a sense of satisfaction, and no justice comes from that. Two wrongs do not make a right.
A criminal can be convicted to being taken apart. His organs will be sold to the needy patients, and the money will be used to treat the criminal's victim. Many deserving people will live at expense of one defective man being killed.
The principle of nonresistance to evil is evil in itself. This empowers criminals, and turns you into obedient sheep who meekly takes the punishment. This was valuable when the Bible was written because the ruling classes wanted to have pacified slaves who did not value their earthly life. Today independently thinking people do not want to turn another cheek - they strike back. This way, when a terrorist kills one of your sons you do not offer him another. Instead you offer him every bullet that you have.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)
I don't think the nightly rate on an EV plan would be 25 cents per kWh. It can't be that high. Myself, I am not on an EV plan; I am on a net metering plan.
The math may be squirrely indeed, but that's what they calculated. It would be good to ask someone who has an EV. There are a quite a few Leafs around in Silicon Valley. But buying an EV here is dangerous because of the hills (hard to estimate the range until you have driven the route.)
People are not robots that are bolted to an assembly line and do the same work over and over again. Circumstances change all the time. Sometimes you need to go to a place that you know nothing about. You are sure there are gas stations, you don't need even to check. But chargers? More than one even, mid-route? That is not even a consideration for most normal people. A geek might accept that, but a common man will not. It takes a long time to charge. What if there is no space at the charger, and all outlets are in use? What if the charger is damaged? This is the only charger, and you MUST use it to return home. A tow truck will cost you.
This means that an EV is only suitable as a second car. If you only own one car, forget it - you need to buy a universal, gas car that will take you anywhere. You also need to own a house, with a garage, if you want an EV - this is where your home charger will be mounted.
Roadside (continuous) charging is nearly impossible - not because it is a technical problem, but simply because installation of such systems will require digging up all the roads in the country. Imagine how cheap and easy that is. The question of payment for the energy will also be significant. One way to do it is simply by charging every EV owner per mile driven. But that requires that most roads are equipped with chargers. The transition phase (where only some roads have them) will be long enough for that method to not work. Then you'd have to use methods of toll roads, and your privacy will be destroyed.
The average kwh cost in the US is about twelve cents, or $0.90 to $1.20 to go 25 miles.
PG&E has standard rate plans that vary from 11c/kWh (which is so little that you can't afford a refrigerator) to 30c/kWh. There are also special plans (time- and season-driven); one of them is specifically intended for charging EVs. In that plan, IIRC, the rate is about 5 c/kWh - but that is at night only. I do not recall what is the rate during the day. Utilities hide the actual rate tables. PG&E has a convenient calculator. I tried it with Tesla S60 and 60 miles per day. I got about $150/mo on plan EV-A.
60 miles per day * 30 = 1800 miles per month. If we convert this to a gas car, $150 pays for about 42 gallons of gas. This results in efficiency of 42.85 mpg. This not something to write home about. My own Prius does 52 mpg on flat land, and 45 mpg if you add climbing of the surrounding hills. If these calculations are correct, it is not efficient to use an EV even if you got it for free. At best it equals the hybrid that costs a third of the price of the EV.
the universe is not itself a caring entity? no shit. doesn't mean people shouldn't be.
The care and love can be only mutual. Otherwise you will be loving a mass murderer.
"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
This is a Sophists' phrase, and it is an unnecessary constraint. Why would a man who failed to pray on $holy_day be prevented from punishing a rapist? Both men are sinners.
I, personally, do not worry if the judge is a sinner. The only requirement is that he judges fairly and by the law. I do not care if he has plans on the wife of his neighbor, or that he stole a cookie when he was 5 years old. Some say that it's hard to be honest from 9 to 5 and not so honest from 5 to 9. It may be so. However if a person can do the job, that's the only thing that matters.
Jythie, you are a better person then I.
I disagree with the premise that violent criminals should get a stern talking to and then released to continue the mayhem. I do not insist on a particularly painful execution, though. Any execution will do, as long as it is done in a few hours after sentencing. A good part of justice is intended to give example to others. Treating robbers gently and with respect only breeds more robbers.
A school has no right to issue a citation to anyone. Only the police and the court can do that. That's why the school manager called 911. Only the police can approach an individual and initiate a possibly hostile contact. This is because they have the right to use force. You do not, generally.
The addendum to the report was added this evening, after this story came out.
I started suspecting that when I went to the middle of the discussion on Slashdot, and everyone was stuck with the same wrong facts.
Why would the officer search the car to determine the owner when there is a tag right there on the back?
Maybe there wasn't any? Maybe he wanted to make sure that the owner is not inside? Otherwise I don't know. That is a good question. But the responding officer could do that, and more, anyway - he was on an official assignment, he had a prima facie [petty] crime, so he had an investigation to investigate.
Why isn't he up for trespassing if he was told he is no longer welcome on the court?
Another good question. Maybe because the school just told him to stay away, but there was no restraining order from the judge?
Why are they spending hundreds of dollars over 5 cents?
Well, that is easy. If the minimal cost of processing a misdemeanor is $100, it doesn't mean that you can go about and commit $99 misdemeanors all you want. The society wants to prevent such behavior, no matter the cost.
How does that negate my underlying argument that the man stole a service?
It doesn't. I only replied to the quoted part of your comment. I agree with the rest.
I say put them in supermarkets and charge a couple bucks to charge
That would be comparable, or more expensive, than gasoline. A $2 = 0.5 gallons, or about 20 miles of travel. A 30 minute charge may not give you that much of a range boost, unless it is one of Tesla's Superchargers.
Airports and coffee shops are in business of providing services to travelers and paying customers. This is quite different from a public school - a school is not expected to provide any services whatsoever to anyone but students and staff.